Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kolkata kids susceptible to liver ailments

Kids and their parents should be careful. The next time the kids gorge on junk food, the parents and children should keep in mind that those burgers and rolls are pushing their liver in a wrong direction. According to a study conducted by Diabetes Awareness and You (DAY) - a platform of clinical specialists - children in Kolkata now have a weaker liver and are more prone to diseases than they were 15 years ago. An alarming 12-15% of kids and adolescents between 12 and 16 years of age suffer from fatty liver. It can eventually lead to more serious and life-threatening ailments like cirrhosis and liver cancer. While fat-rich food and a sedentary lifestyle are being blamed for the threat, doctors warn that liver diseases could be the second most common ailment in the city, after diabetes, in another 15 years.

Conducted across 23 up-market schools in Kolkata, the study involved a routine SGPT test, which provided a shocking result. It showed that 12-15% had signs of fatty liver. A majority of these children were obese as well. It confirms the worst fears about the impact of fast food and aerated drinks. Coupled with lack of exercises, these have started taking a heavy toll on the health of children. Over the years, many of them are likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or cirrhosis of liver. They will also be more prone to jaundice.

The study also revealed that children suffering from fatty liver consumed more packaged food and carbonated drinks than the rest. On an average, they had less than 30 minutes of physical activity per day. According to health experts, fatty liver was the major cause of cirrhosis among adults. Change in food habits over the last 10-12 years is now taking a toll on young adults. Those in their early or mid-thirties are often suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that was quite rare a decade ago. Unless treated on time, this can lead to liver cirrhosis.

NAFLD heightens the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. Build-up of fat cells within the liver leads to NAFLD. Over a period of time, it can damage liver tissues. Unless controlled, it eventually leads to cirrhosis. Unlike 10-15 years ago, when cirrhosis or NAFLD patients would be above 50 years of age, now people across all age groups are falling prey. In many cases, the disease is being detected at an acute stage which means it had set in at a very young age.

It is difficult to identify fatty liver at an initial stage, experts said. There are hardly any symptoms till the disease takes on an acute form. So obesity or a sudden weight gain needs to be taken seriously. Overweight children are more likely to have fat deposits in the liver. Till now, it goes undetected in most cases. The result is that these patients end up with multiple diseases like cardiac disorders, blood sugar, obesity and liver failure at a later age. Usually, this cluster is a constellation and one leads to another. Unless dealt with at the earliest, we can't prevent them.

Fatty liver is not unusual even among children as young as six to eight years. Accordingly to the experts, ten years ago, it would be very rare, but no longer. Overweight children often have fat deposits in the liver and junk food is squarely responsible for this.

Park County, Wyoming, USA sees a surge in hepatitis C cases

Health officials are investigating an increase in reported cases of the liver disease hepatitis C among young people in Park County, Wyoming, USA with evidence suggesting needle sharing among intravenous drug users might be to blame.

The probe came after 56 new reports of hepatitis C infections were logged in the county in 2012 — a figure that exceeds the state average and is about double the number of the year before.

The spike in the disease, which is transmitted by blood, involved people from 20 to 34.

It's possible some of the new reports involved people who have moved into Park County for substance-abuse treatment, but officials say they don't know how much that has contributed. The county's rate has been rising since 2008.

The Department of Health and Public Health spearheaded a campaign in May to raise awareness of the problem. It hung posters around the county warning people that if they're injecting drugs, they may be at risk for communicable diseases and hepatitis.

In the initial stages, infected people are unlikely to display symptoms. But once the infection progresses over several years, a person may have elevated liver enzymes and feel joint pain, fatigue and chronic abdominal pain. Liver damage or cancer can result from the disease.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Most Canadians infected with hepatitis unaware of it

Seventy per cent of the about 138,600 Canadians infected with hepatitis C based on blood tests did not know they had the virus, according to a recent study.

The results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey come amid calls for baby boomers to be screened with a one-time test for hepatitis C infection (HCV), which liver specialists say can be eradicated if treated early.

Accurate infection awareness is important for health-care seeking, receipt of treatment, vaccination uptake, and disease prevention, but more than half of respondents who tested positive for hepatitis B and hepatitis C did not know that they were infected.

Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood, blood products, organs, tissues and cell transplants, infected needles and other sharp objects, and from mother to infant during pregnancy.

The prevalence of HCV infection from blood tests was 0.5 per cent, which represents an estimated 138,600 people.

Accordingly to some of the experts, the survey severely underestimates the true number of patients infected with hepatitis C in Canada. According to a liver specialist, since the hepatitis C test first became available in 1991 or '92, there have been about 300,000 people identified as having hepatitis C. One of the reasons could be that the survey did not include patients from immigrant communities who don't speak English.

For present hepatitis B infections, the prevalence was 0.4 per cent, representing an estimated 111,800.

Among those who tested positive for HCV, 69.5 per cent said they were not aware of the infection. For those with  hepatitis B, 54.5 per cent said they didn't know they had it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ayurvedic herbs can treat liver problem including Fatty liver, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Ascites and Jaundice

Kamalahar is enriched with various herbs proven to be very effective for the treatment of liver problems. It has Tecoma undulata, Phyllanthus urinaria, Embelia ribes, Taraxacum officinale, Nyctanthes arbortritis and Terminalia arjuna.

Tecoma undulata is an herb which is proven to have medicinal property that helps in curing liver diseases especially for the treatment of hepatitis. It is also used in curing urinary disorders, enlargement of spleen, gonorrhea and leucoderma. Seeds are used against abscess.

Phyllanthus urinaria has been used for centuries to promote healthy elimination of gallstones and kidney stones. It is also used for the treatment of liver disease especially hepatitis B. Phyllanthus urinaria primarily contains lignans (e.g. phyllanthine and hypophyllanthine), gallic acid, alkaloids, and bioflavonoids (e.g. quercetin). While it remains unknown as to which of these substances has an antiviral effect, researchers believe that this herb acts primarily on the liver. Other research has revealed other possible benefits like helping to soothe the liver, detoxification of the liver and kidneys, relief from pain and inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and an ability to inhibit hepatitis B virus DNA replication. It is believed that the possible benefit that phyllanthus urinaria provides in cases of liver damage could be due to the plants anti-viral activity. In Ayurvedic medicine, Phyllanthus has been used for over 2000 years in India for many medicinal uses for those with liver disease including hepatitis.

Embelia ribes is quite beneficial in the treatment of liver ailments especially jaundice and also for strengthening the body. It also helps with gastric problem by either preventing formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitates the expulsion of gas. It is also quite useful against tape-worms. It is believed to be useful against skin diseases, bronchitis, urinary discharges, Dyspepsia, hemicrania, worms in wounds etc.

Taraxacum officinale is believed to have a medicinal value, in particular against liver problems. It is also known to be a Diuretic and quite beneficial in the treatment of liver cirrhosis. It is also used in herbal medicines as a mild laxative, for increasing appetite, and for improving digestion. The milky latex has been used as a mosquito repellent and as a folk remedy to treat warts.

Nyctanthes arbortritis is known for its important place in Hindu mythology and this plant has many common names like Indian Night Jasmine. The flower, seeds and leaves of the plant are diuretic, antibacterial, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, immunopotential, anti pyretic, antioxidant, anti fungal, anti-bilious, sedative and antifilarial. It is useful in the treatment of many diseases including liver disorder. Its extract has proven by researchers to have significant hepatoprotective activity, which is ability to prevent damage to the liver and also hepatoregenerative. The herb in combination with other herbs is quite beneficial in the treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcohol liver diseases and other liver disorders. Apart from liver disorder, the herb has been used in the treatment of affections of scalp, rheumatic joint pain, malaria, snakebite, bronchitis, sciatica, chronic fever, rheumatism, internal worm infections, high blood pressure, diabetes, piles and skin diseases. Some people have also used the herb in the treatment of cancer.

Terminalia arjuna is high in co-enzyme Q-10 and helps in the treatment of cirrhosis of liver and reduces blood pressure.The arjuna was introduced into Ayurveda as a treatment for heart disease by Vagbhata. It is traditionally prepared as a milk decoction. In the Ashtānga Hridayam, Vagbhata mentions arjuna in the treatment of wounds, hemorrhages and ulcers, applied topically as a powder.
The combination of these herbs is what makes Kamalahar very effective in the treatment of liver disorders including hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver, ascites and jaundice.

Hepatitis B patient fully cured through 6 months of Kamalahar treatment

Mr. P. Sharma, a resident of New Delhi, was suffering from Hepatitis B. He has been through many different treatment and spend thousands of Rupees with no benefit. He came to know about Kamalahar, ayurvedic liver product. He was skeptical in the beginning and had lost all hope. When he started treatment through the ayurvedic product, he was almost sure that nothing will happen but he still decided to go ahead with the treatment as there was no other option left for him. There is currently no cure for hepatitis in allopathic world. As time progressed, his liver condition started improving. After 4 weeks of treatment, various parameters of liver showed a movement towards normal condition. His HsAg, SGPT, etc. were moving towards normal range.  Finally after 6 months of hepatitis treatment through Kamalahar, he is back to normal and he is hepatitis negative now. Along with taking Kamalahar, Mr. Sharma had to follow a diet control. He had to avoid alcohol completely and minimize the intake of fatty and oily food.

Hepatitis C fully cured by 8 months treatment through ayurvedic medicine Kamalahar

Ashish Das, a resident of West Bengal, was suffering from Hepatitis C. Ashish was in a bad condition when he was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Kolkata. He was bleeding from nose, mouth, etc. Doctors told him that he will not survive for more than 1 month and discharged him from hospital saying that they can’t do any anything. His brother-in-law found out about Kamalahar through internet and bought it for him. Mr. Ashish started taking Kamalahar and after 6 months of treatment with Kamalahar, he was feeling much better. He went back to his doctor and they did the tests and told him that he is healthy now and his liver is in much better condition. Since he was feeling better now, the doctors also suggested that he should also take Exxura along with Kamalahar. After 2 more months of Kamalahar along with Exxura, he got fully cured of hepatitis C and is now hepatitis negative. He has also started going back to work.

Now, 3D printer creates world's smallest working human liver

In an extraordinary feat, American scientists have successfully created the world's smallest human liver using a 3D printer that can work for forty days just like the real organ. Designed by medical research company in California, the mini-livers are just half a millimeter deep and four millimeters wide.

The 3D printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells that are responsible for carrying out liver functions, and two major types of liver cell.

Additionally, the printer adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel, which allows the liver cells to receive nutrients and oxygen.

Previously the company were able to show that liver function was retained in their 3D liver for over five days. And, now their tissues perform consistently for at least 40 days, a significant improvement over the average 48 hour performance of 2D cultures.

While research is in the early stages, scientists think that future versions could be used for transplants.